Ice, Ice, ….maybe?

6 04 2006

winter_SFW.jpgAccording to professor Doron Nof there is a real possibility that Jesus did not walk on the water of the Sea of Galilee, as recorded in Matthew 14, but instead that he walked on a floating piece of ice.

Nof, who is a professor of oceanography at Florida State University, apparently has observed a high probability that there could have been ice formations on the body of water that hosted Christ’s amazing miracle.

Part of Nof’s hypothesis rests on the probability that this potential piece of floating ice would have been nearly impossible for distant observers to see.

Are you kidding me?

Do these people ever grow weary of these silly theories?

Can you just picture the Son of God finding a sturdy piece of ice and then rowing his way across the sea of Galilee en route to his weary disciples?

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…and then to call the Apostle Peter out onto an apparently less sturdy piece of ice, only to support him momentarily and then give way??

 

 

What about the waves that Matthew happens to mention?

I can remember as a youth playing an morning game of hockey on a lake and then turning around only to do a little surfing in the afternoon. Doesn’t everyone?

The disciples didn’t say, “Hey, we thought it was a ghost paddling across the sea on his iceberg….” Instead they were freaked out of their minds because there was someone out in the middle of the Sea of Galilee without a boat!

I would assume that this type of reasoning would render Nof and his peers as incredulous, however, it is just the opposite, he is applauded.

This just serves to affirm the biblical doctrine of depravity and underscore the Christian’s need to fall on his face and worship the Christ who walked on the sea.

For if it was not for his grace, efficacious grace, in our lives, we would be spending our time trying to deflate Christ of his deity and make him an ice-skater as well.

In conclusion, Nof mentions that when he tried to disprove Moses’ parting of the Red Sea he received death threats.

This is absurd!

What a clarion call to Christians to study theology. This guy is acting like an unbeliever…what do you think a depraved man is going to do? He is not going to start a Christian blog to defend and promote the glory of Christ!! C’mon!

We as believers need to receive this providentially placed occasion to be reminded of the work of God in our own lives and to beseech the same God to work in the lives of folks such as Professor Nof.  

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National Atheist’s Day April 1st

1 04 2006

Does God call names?

The Scripture says: Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”in-god-i-trust.jpg

Is this name calling or truth telling? Perhaps a bit of both.

Today is affectionately referred to as April Fools’ Day. The day we typically carve out to play practical jokes on one another.

There is no joking here with God however.

God is saying that it is foolish for anyone to claims that there is no god while they are depending upon Him for everything.

For we did not make ourselves and we do not sustain ourselves; we had no control over our birth, and in most respects will have little control over our death. We live a short life here on earth, completely dependant upon our gracious God for the impartation, sustainment and enjoyment of life.

To say there is no god is like the man with emphysema pulling out his oxygen tubes out of his nose, and gasping for air, to assert, “I don’t need these!”

old-man.jpgThis is ridiculous, it is foolish! For no man in the clutches of a breathing disorder such as this would be so foolish as to say he is not dependant upon the oxygen for life.

Likewise humanity, made in the image of God, fully aware of the character, beauty, and reality of God, instead, sadly, suppresses this clear and gracious disclosure of God’s character, even, as the Scripture says, “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1.21).

In denying God we close our eyes to the truth. There are no atheists, just truth suppressing theists.

Some may say, “I don’t believe in God.” To this, based upon the Scripture, I reply, “Well, I don’t believe in you.”